OTTUMWA — A federal judge cited Troy Davis’ status as a convicted sex offender as one of the reasons he will not be released prior to his trial on child pornography charges.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Celeste Bremer concluded that there was no way to ensure public safety if Davis was released. She noted that he lives with his elderly father, but said that does not ensure adequate supervision. Bremer wrote that allowing Davis to stay with his sister, who lives nearby, would not work either because her husband is on the state’s sex offender registry.
Davis, 56, faces a charge of transportation of child pornography. There have been hints in court documents that other charges could be filed, and Bremer’s summary of the case alludes to additional evidence.
“[Davis] is alleged to have solicited minors for sex;” Bremer wrote, “on two phones and his computers, had photographs of nude minor males with lascivious exposure of their genitals; and admitted to using the internet to solicit minors for sex.”
Davis was convicted of two counts of lascivious acts with a child in 1998. He received probation, but it was revoked in 2002. His sentence was completed in 2004.
The preliminary hearing took only 20 minutes Monday afternoon. Bremer’s order for Davis’ detention can be appealed, though no filings have been made to do so.
Davis was arrested Aug. 20, though the investigation began early this year. Court filings show reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in February and April indicated child pornography was being sent through accounts investigators linked to Davis.